Why We Rock!
We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gyms was founded to provide a place for children of all ability levels to play and grow together. As the only kids gym that offers an inclusive philosophy we have found all children can benefit from our uniquely designed sensory equipment that is specifically designed to aid children with sensory processing disorders. However, in our experience, all children are able to benefit greatly from this equipment and by allowing children of all ability levels to play together they are able to learn a great deal from each other and become the best motivation for success on every level.
The staff at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gyms are comprised of the most caring, understanding and energetic people around. We have a host of staffers and volunteers who come to us in order to assist our gym and its goal of aiding children with special needs in growing beyond the expectations of doctors and therapists.
Often a therapist for a child with special needs will attend the gym with the children in order to observe and provide their therapy while using the equipment in our gym. This allows kids the access they want to the amazing equipment while the therapist is able to take advantage of the support and availability of the staff and equipment which might not be present in other settings.
The twelve specialized pieces of sensory equipment are:
The zip line is a great way to build upper extremity strength, muscle endurance, enhance the ability to integrate and tolerate movement and help give self-confidence as children challenge themselves to hold on long enough to make it to the other end.
Zip Box with Slide
The zip box is the stepping stool to be able to reach the zip line. The structure also has stairs, a ramp and slide. This unique combination works on motor planning, motor ability, and sequencing.
The Crash Pit is fun and inviting for all children. It’s a perfect landing spot for the children who crave the crash-and-burn input. You can add a weighted blanket and create a calming quiet space too.
The Trampoline builds lower body strength and helps to teach balance. Children can jump or sit while working on the vestibular perception of movement in the body. This amazing ball of fun also works with the proprioceptive sense for movement in the body as communicated through the ligaments, joints and muscles.
The Tunnel offers a non-threatening cozy hideout for your child. He or she will experience various degrees of resistance as well as tactile and deep touch input.
The Carpet Swing is fun and stimulating for swinging, spinning or gliding (swinging from side to side). With the stationary eye hooks it is a great place for a child to read, do school work, or various therapies.
The Hammock Swing promotes a state of calmness allowing children to focus. It provides tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive input. The seating offers ergonomic and reclining positions for a variety of uses.
The Climbing Structure enhances the body awareness, body scheme, motor planning and bilateral coordination. The child’s body weight, combined with gravity, provides additional proprioceptive feedback to his joints, helping the child coordinate his or her movements.
The Bolster Swing is to be straddled like a horse. The pushing and pulling on the ropes gives it motion from side to side and is a great motor planning and motor sequencing activity.
Swivel Rotators/Carabiners with Webbing
The climbing mountain enhances the body’s awareness, body scheme, motor planning, and bilateral coordination. The child’s body weight combined with gravity provides additional proprioceptive feedback to his/her joints, helping the child coordinate his/her movements.
Rotators give a variety of directions for children to enjoy swinging and work on the vestibular part of the brain. The webbing and carabiners offer a secure way to hang swings for children and give them a chance to enjoy the fun of not knowing exactly what direction their swing will go each time. These 3 important pieces are essential for the strength and mobility of the gym.
The rope bridge helps to build lower body strength and teach better balance. Children walk across the rope bridge while working on the vestibular perception of movement throughout their body.